Gallery Visit - Rural Arts

Thursday, 16th May 2019


This week, Gallery Co-ordinator, Thea Treweek, spent some time with Max May, CEO and Director of Rural Arts in Thirsk. 

Rural Arts is a charity established in 1992 to provide creative opportunities to some of the most rural areas and locations in North Yorkshire and the Tees Valley.

Max, can you give us a quick overview of what Rural Arts does?

Exactly what it says on the tin! We brings the arts to rural communities – whether that’s through our arts centre here in Thirsk, the 80 performances a year we provide in village halls, or through the community projects we run across 3,500 square miles.

What part of your job are you most proud of?

I’m particularly proud of Heart and Craft, our free arts workshops for older people. Recently, a 96 year old participant said the project gave him “happier thoughts, something to look forward to” and made him feel “better about life”.

If people were to look out for one thing in the coming season, what would you recommend?

I’m really excited about the new food and drink events we’re hosting on top of all our performances, exhibitions and workshops this season. We’ll have gin-tasting, wine-pairing and a Filipino Food Feast – so keep your eyes peeled!

Of all the art pieces in the current collection, including items in your shop, would you be able to share your personal favourite and why?

I really love Fiona Mazza’s raku pots. They’re so unique – and you can come and try your hand at it in our two day workshop led by the artist herself.

In no more than 10 words why should people visit you over in Thirsk?

We have something for everyone – and a brilliant café too.

For more information and upcoming events at Rural Arts, please see their website.